October 31, 2014

Monthly Speakers Series Begins with Children’s Book Authors

 The Topanga Authors Group (TAG) hosted its first monthly Speakers Series at the Topanga Library on October 1. Featured were local authors Sue Ganz-Schmitt who read from her latest book, “Planet Kindergarten,” and Eric Pierpoint, reading from his first novel, “The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole,” aimed at middle-school readers. They gave informative and entertaining presentations about their inspirations and experiences of writing, researching, publishi… [Read More...]

“Canvas & Clay” at TCG, November 5–23

 Artists Susan Nissman and Kate Browning combine the best of their worlds in their upcoming show at The Topanga Canyon Gallery, “Canvas & Clay.” Ceramist Susan Nissman has been playing with clay with great success for more than three decades. Her hand-built vessels, platters, bowls and art pieces, large and small, call up nature into art. “The building and shaping aspects of working with clay slab vsersus throwing at a wheel continues to hook me,” say… [Read More...]

Film Review: Birdman is the Darkest of Knights

 Alejandro Inarritu and Michael Keaton surpass their stellar legacies. The draw of comic book films today is the realism of its characters. By making Bruce Wayne more like us, the viewer can somehow become more like Batman. Not necessarily in plot but certainly in character. To see the growth of a superhero like Tony Stark wasn’t something writers considered until someone finally did it. Conversely, the most beautif… [Read More...]

NIMBY…When It Is In Your Backyard: A Film by Delia Schlosberg

 Fracking is a word that makes people uncomfortable because people understand intuitively that the water quality implications of this process are horrendous. Want to learn more? Come watch Backyard by Delia Scholsberg at the RCDSMM Wild and Scenic Film Festival next Saturday at the Elkins Theatre at Pepperdine University. What makes this a special documentary is an injection of excellent animation that explains how fracking works. Within this… [Read More...]

Catching Up With…Composer Matthias Weber

 LOLA award-winning composer gives the most in-depth “Catching Up With…” to date. The Topanga Messenger recently spoke with Matthias Weber about his recent LOLA music award for the German film The Dark Valley, his potential Oscar nomination and the art and science of composing music. The German Film Awards, colloquially known as the Lola Awards, is the highest German movie award. Topanga Messenger: The Dark V… [Read More...]